In addition to their physical health, they got a lesson in wealth health from Suze Orman (Michelle is on her way home for Thanksgiving tonight, and I know she's going to hate that she missed this). Orman shared some jaw-dropping statistics with the contestants, among them the fact that in the U.S. $147 billion is spent a year on obesity-related illnesses. O...M...G! That's just ridiculous.
The first challenge of the evening was a series of questions asked while the contestants were on treadmills. Get it right -- earn $1,000. Get it wrong -- your treadmill incline and speed goes up. The second challenge really appealed to the guys since all three played or coached football. Former NFL star Rod Woodson came by for a challenge in which the contestants had to pull a barrel with the amount of weight they'd lost on the ranch while carrying weighted footballs to set points on a football field representing the weeks they'd been on the ranch. Allen, the winner of the challenge, got two tickets to the next Pro Bowl.
At this week's weigh-in, no one had a weight advantage or immunity, and Liz and Allen fell below the yellow line. Amanda beat the odds and lost 7 pounds to ensure herself a spot in the final four. Her story really touched me this week, how she'd really made a breakthrough in learning to love herself. Her bond with Bob is so heartwarming, and it makes me smile to think that now she can live the rest of her life without those old feelings of self-loathing.
Rudy and Danny continued to be a weight-loss machines with Rudy losing 12 pounds and Danny 16 to help him set a new record of most consecutive weeks (7) of double-digit losses. Danny completely skipped the 290s to reach his new weight of 288. Liz's 5-pound loss and Allen's 8-pound loss put them below the yellow line, and Allen was sent home when swing vote Amanda voted to keep Liz on the ranch even though she potentially presented her with a bigger challenge.
Tonight there is a Biggest Loser special on in which we get to catch up with some former contestants, including one winner who has gained all the weight back. That makes me incredibly sad, but I'm hopeful I'll gain more inspiration for my own journey by watching the success stories.
What were your favorite parts of last night's episode?